March 2010 Central Nervous System

Understanding Alzheimer's

March 22, 2010

Patient Education

Caregivers of Alzheimer's disease (AD) patients should understand the symptoms, stages, and treatments for AD, which is the most common form of dementia. Because AD can take a toll on friends and family members as well, tips for helping caregivers cope are also included.

Tourette's Syndrome: A Common but Treatable Condition

March 22, 2010

Rx Focus

Between 1 and 10 of every 100 children have Tourette's syndrome (TS), a neurodevelopmental disorder with characteristic tics. Pharmacologic and behavioral approaches to treatment for TS are discussed.

Rx Product News Profile: A Closer Look at New FDA Actions: GlaxoSmithKline's Cervarix

March 22, 2010

Rx Product News Profile

Cervarix (human papillomavirus bivalent [types 16 and 18] vaccine, recombinant) was approved by the FDA for use in girls and women aged 10 to 25 for the prevention of cervical precancers and cervical cancer associated with oncogenic human papillomaviras types 16 and 18.

Specialty Pharmaceuticals: Immunoglobulin Therapy

March 22, 2010

Rx Focus

When patients have immunodeficiency conditions that require immunoglobulin therapy (IVIG), clinicians must consider carefully which IVIG product will have the fewest adverse effects and the highest level of efficacy.

Treating Parkinson's Disease: The Pharmacist's Role

March 19, 2010

Feature Focus

Pharmacists are likely to see Parkinson's patients or their caregiver frequently because of the disease's slow and chronic course. Pharmacists need to e particularly vigilant about medication interactions and ensure doing changes are gradual.

OTC Products for Insomnia

March 18, 2010

OTC Focus

Insomnia is a condition that can have psychological, environmental, and pharmacologic causes. There are many OTC sleep aids available for individuals who need them, and pharmacists can help patients choose appropriately.

Pharmacy Law: Legal Standard for Physicians Applied to Pharmacists

March 18, 2010

Legal Focus

Should a pharmacist be evaluated by a pharmacist-derived standard or a physician-derived standard when a patient alleges damages due to a violation of the standard of care during medication therapy management?

Drug Diversion and Abuse: Keeping Pharmacies Safe

March 18, 2010

Legal Focus

Prevention is key in preventing pharmacy robberies. If a burglary does occur, there are actions a pharmacist can take to reduce the risk of violence and ensure the safety of pharmacy staff.

Patient Counseling: Chronic Insomnia

March 18, 2010

Counseling Focus

Insomnia is a frustrating condition that affects 40% of adults at some time in their life. After obtaining a good patient history, pharmacists can counsel individuals on the behavioral and pharmacologic options for treatment.

Drug Interactions: Absence of Proof Is Not Proof of Absence

March 17, 2010

Drug Interactions

The debate surrounding whether an interaction occurs between oral contraceptives and antibiotics continues. It the use of antibiotics with oral contraceptives likely to result in an unintended pregnancy?

Delirium: A Medical Emergency

March 17, 2010

Rx Focus

Caregivers may be alarmed by delirium's sudden onset and the drastic behavior changes it brings. Pharmacists should be prepared to advise that delirium is a medical emergency that requires immediate treatment.